Mr. Cosmo Perrone is a Consultant at Command Group. Mr. Perrone offers a unique perspective on cutting-edge solutions for an array of security needs based on decades of experience in senior positions in both the public and private sectors. As a recognized innovator in the security arena, Mr. Perrone provides a rare combination of original thinking and practical leadership experience in key operational posts.
Mr. Perrone is the former Director of Security for the Port of Long Beach, California, serving in that capacity for six years (2005-2011). He directed the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) program for the 3,000 acre complex, overseeing 24-hour patrols, anti-terrorism programs and the operation of security systems with a strong emphasis on resiliency. Recognized by Security Magazine in 2007 as one of the “Top 25 Most Influential People in the Security Industry,” and a “Port Authority Visionary,” and again in 2009 as “the most aggressive change agent” in the port security sector, Mr. Perrone’s innovations to revamp and modernize security at the Port of Long Beach included a port-wide network of surveillance cameras, radar, and sonar sensors to enhance “domain awareness” below, at, or above water and ground level. This concept of “system and regional integration” which is now maturing into a “Virtual Port Concept” is housed in the Port’s state-of-the-art Command and Control Center which opened in 2009.
Mr. Perrone’s more than three decades in the security field also include ten years with the Department of Defense Investigative Service and twenty-three years in the aerospace industry, including nearly twenty years as Director of Security and Fire Services for McDonnell Douglas and Boeing. As Director of Security and Fire Services, he was responsible for the development and implementation of key policies for the companies’ global security functions and was Boeing’s Southern California Executive Coordinator for all Homeland Security issues.
Mr. Perrone has also been engaged in legislative and regulatory policy development for maritime security through membership in the National Maritime Security Advisory Committee, the California Maritime Security Council, the Port Security Caucus (which he co-founded and co-chaired), several industry associations including the American Association of Port Authorities, the California Association of Port Authorities, the Association of Pacific Ports, and numerous academic advisory committees. He has also served on the City of Long Beach’s Public Safety Commission, the U.S. State Department’s Overseas Security Advisory Council, the American Society for Industrial Security, and the National Academies: Science and Technology for the Yucca Mountain Physical Security Committee.
Mr. Perrone holds a law degree from Western State University and is a member of the California Bar Association.
Director of Security,
Port of Long Beach, CA
Director of Security and Fire Services,
Boeing (McDonnell Douglas)
Chief, LA Field Office, Department of Defense
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